The moment Derick Brassard entered the New York Rangers locker room back in 2003, he knew that he and Mats Zuccarello would be the best of friends. You see, Brassard was so nervous to meet his new teammates that he forgot to wear pants and even underwear. Here he was, standing at the door, bare balls dangling. Everyone was pointing and laughing but a young man (Zuccarello) stood up and yelled "STOP GUYS.....NOT COOL" and he covered up Derick with a towel. "Welcome to New York Derick" Mats kindly said. Brassard was so happy to meet a new friend.
They did everything together; rode the Ferris wheel, went ATVing, dined at the same restaurants etc. But their most favourite thing to do was to take their shirts off and lift weights outdoors. It was their one special thing that no one could take away from them.
But someone did take it away from them. That man was Pierre Dorion, Senators GM. Derick Brassard was traded to the Ottawa Senators for Mika Zibanejad. When Mats heard the news, he ran to the airport and luckily found Derick before he boarded his flight. "WHISKERS! DON'T GO DON'T LEAVE ME" cried a desperate Zuccarello."I have no choice, if I stay, I will lose my career and all my money. And then how can we afford to own our own Paintball Range that has weight benches outside. A hybrid paintball and gym place?" Derick pleaded. They hugged one last time and he was gone. Darkness fell over Zuccarello's heart.
Slowley, the pain subsided and Mats was able to move on a little and focus on things like playing hockey. It took him awhile until he could lift outdoors again but he refused to get another spotter. He was loyal, maybe to a fault.
Meanwhile in Ottawa, Derick Brassard started hanging out with a gentleman named Marc Methot. The cool thing was he loved lifting weights. "But have you ever lifted outside Marc??" asked Brassard. "OMG NO BUT IT SOUNDS FUN!! said a jubilant Methot. This sealed the deal. They became best friends.
Fast forward to yesterday. Mats was taking his usual walk through Central Park when all of a sudden he heard a familiar voice saying "34-35-36 COME ON MARC 4 MORE". He comes over a hill, and in front of him is Derick Brassard and Marc Methot lifting weights, no shirts on. "IT'S NOT WHAT YOU THINK MATS, I DIDN'T EVEN KNOW HE WAS OUT HERE" lied Brassard. "How could you?? How could you do this to me???? Our one special activity?? WHYYYYY?" screamed Mats.
All of a sudden Marc stood up and screamed "WAIT A FUCK....GAME 1 IS IN OTTAWA NOT NEW YORK?!?!" And then out of nowhere, the music from Home Alone starts playing as Derick, Mats, and Marc take off running for the airport. "WAIT FOR ME!!!! screams Marc but then he runs into the lady and his ticket and all the other tickets fall to the floor. "Is this your flight sir?"
To be continued......